Awards and Honors

The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter is the winner of the
2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.


Kia Corthron was the 2017 Bread Loaf Shane Stevens Fellow in the Novel.

For her body of work for the stage, she received the Otto Award for Political Theatre in 2016; in 2014 she was honored with the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, and the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award (Honored Playwright); and in 2012 she received the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is the 2017 resident playwright of Chicago's Eclipse Theatre, which is producing three of her plays.

Other awards include a Masterwork Production Award, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Wachtmeister Award, Puffin Foundation Award, Mark Taper Forumís Fadiman Award, AT&T On Stage Award, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Callaway Playwriting Award, Delaware Theatre Company Connections Contest winner, and New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award.

Her residencies/​fellowships include the Rockefeller Foundationís Bellagio Creative Arts Residency (Italy), MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), Siena Art Institute Visiting Artist (Italy), Dora Maar Fellowship (France), Columbia College Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media/​Goodman Theatre Fellowship, Hermitage Artists Retreat, Norton Island Retreat, Sundance winter retreat at Ucross, OíNeill Center/​National Playwrights Conference, National Endowment for the Arts/​TCG, Hedgebrook, Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat, Van Lier Fellowship.

She serves on the council of the Dramatists Guild, is a member of the Authors Guild, and is a New Dramatists alum.

For television, she wrote for Tom Fontanaís The Jury and, as a season staff writer, was awarded Edgar and Writers Guild Outstanding Series awards for David Simon's The Wire.